Title

The Fundamentals of Caring

Abstract

A stigma among young adults surrounds "caring too much." People tiptoe around "commitment" and will sometimes complicate things in an effort to keep them "simple." Hook-up culture and aversion to labeling offer escape from the confines of a relationship. Popular media, specifically romantic movies, reinforce this culture through the dark image they paint of relationships. Why are people of our generation so afraid of caring? Why is it so bad to love and be loved? In my presentation, I explore connections between our generation's mindset about ambition and barriers to pursuing meaningful emotional connection. As we pursue opportunity and our desire to attain economic success, we diverge from what makes us human: emotional and cognitive connection. I believe love and success can coexist, and I argue that, while this balance is hard to find, it is worthwhile to try.

Faculty Sponsor

Kaitlyn Patia

Tracks

Culture and Care

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Location

Maxey 104

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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The Fundamentals of Caring

Maxey 104

A stigma among young adults surrounds "caring too much." People tiptoe around "commitment" and will sometimes complicate things in an effort to keep them "simple." Hook-up culture and aversion to labeling offer escape from the confines of a relationship. Popular media, specifically romantic movies, reinforce this culture through the dark image they paint of relationships. Why are people of our generation so afraid of caring? Why is it so bad to love and be loved? In my presentation, I explore connections between our generation's mindset about ambition and barriers to pursuing meaningful emotional connection. As we pursue opportunity and our desire to attain economic success, we diverge from what makes us human: emotional and cognitive connection. I believe love and success can coexist, and I argue that, while this balance is hard to find, it is worthwhile to try.

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